Pastor Offers to Shave Beard for Anti-Trafficking Cause

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A Texas pastor is hoping he can inspire his congregation to join the fight against human trafficking.

Pat Kelly, senior pastor at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, said he'll shave his beard if his church will raise $5,000 to fight human trafficking.

"I'm going to miss my beard," he said. "I've become accustomed to it and my wife loves it but the church body wants it gone and even more so they believe in the mission."

The mission in this case is donating to End It Now, a non-profit coalition dedicated to fighting trafficking.

Kelly's wife, April, came up with the fundraising idea on New Year's Day.

"I was in the bathroom getting ready to shave and my wife came in and said, 'Don't do it.' And I said, 'Why?' And she said, 'You should put a mission to shaving your beard,'" Kelly recalled.

"Every 30 seconds there is a victim in the sex trafficking industry and the average age is 12 years old," his wife said.

Some of Kelly's church members are also promising to shave if the church donates above the original goal of $5,000.

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